Snyder’s Gluten-Free Pretzels Make the Grade!

GFSticksThe new gluten-free pretzels from Snyder’s of Hanover recently rolled out to Whole Foods stores and some health food stores around the country. Although initially the company took a while to decide to have the products certified by GIG’s Gluten Free Certification Program, the company did come around and do the right thing in the end. The trusted GIG symbol is right on the front of the package. On the bag I bought, it’s actually a sticker, not printed on the bag. The first run of bags was printed before the company completed the rigorous GIG certification process. Also noted on the bag is the following allergen information:

  • Diary Free
  • Casein Free
  • Egg Free

The pretzels are low in fat, made from all natural ingredients and made in the U.S.A. They contain soy and the allergen statement indicates the product is made in a facility that handles peanut butter. I was under the impression after speaking with Snyder executives a couple of months ago that the pretzels were run on the same lines as wheat products, but that information is not noted anywhere on the package. It matters not to me how the pretzels are made, just that they are indeed gluten-free. Since GIG doesn’t put their respected stamp of approval on anything that isn’t truly safe, that’s all I need to feel comfortable trying the product.

Snyder’s of Hanover has been in the pretzel business since 1909 so you might say they know a thing or two about making great tasting pretzels. However, trying to recreate a gluten product into one that is gluten-free can be tricky for the most talented bakers and chefs. Though I’d heard nothing but nice things about the taste of the gluten-free pretzels from others who had tried them, I had to make up my own mind about the taste, of course. There are few pickier people than me when it comes to gluten-free replacement type foods. Some people that know me well wait for me to try something and if I like it, they’ll spend their money on it. They say that if I like a product, they will either like or love it.

The 8 oz. bag of pretzel sticks was only $2.99 at the Whole Foods in Atlanta. Upon opening the bag, I noticed the pretzels were bigger than any gluten-free version I’ve had before. The size isn’t important to me – all that matters is how they taste. I’m happy to report that the pretzels are delicious! After I scarfed down a few of them, I kind of freaked out and thought I’d picked up gluten pretzels by mistake. Nope – the big gluten-free was there on the bag, along with the reassuring GIG symbol. The pretzels are very crispy and have a buttery flavor which I really enjoy. However, since they don’t contain butter, dairy or casein, I’m not sure where that taste is coming from. Other reviews I’ve read also mention the buttery flavor.

Because it will take me a while to eat a whole bag of pretzels, I put them all into a Sterilite container immediately. Those (and Snapware) are the only type of plastic ware that keeps my gluten-free cookies, crackers and snacks – such as pretzels – fresh enough. We use them for ice cream cones, cereals – anything with a crunch goes into a Sterilite container. The containers are sold at Publix and Target in our area.

I love the twisted pretzels from Glutino and will continue to use them in my Chex party mix. If you are looking for snacks from somewhere other than Glutino or Snyder’s, the Grocery Guide lists nearly sixty brands, each selling various types of gluten-free chips and pretzels. However, the pretzel sticks from Snyder’s are a fantastic option to have! Now that I’ve tried them, I really want to taste the gluten-free certified Multi Grain Tortilla Chips from Snyder’s of Hanover. Getting 12% of the RDA of fiber from a snack food is very appealing to me!


35 thoughts on “Snyder’s Gluten-Free Pretzels Make the Grade!”

  1. Not trying it until they swear on their mother’s grave it’s a dedicated facility… I’ve run afoul of this many times before by major manufacturers.

  2. Not trying it until they swear on their mother’s grave it’s a dedicated facility… I’ve run afoul of this many times before by major manufacturers.

  3. Can’t wait to try them. I use crushed pretzels instead of graham crackers for desserts. Everyone seems to love the sweet/salty combination. A great way to keep anything crispy (gluten free or otherwise) is to put it in a sealed bag or container in your freezer — crackers, chips, cereals, snack foods, nuts, etc. You can serve them right out of the freezer, or bring to room temperature. What’s left, pop back in the freezer.

  4. Can’t wait to try them. I use crushed pretzels instead of graham crackers for desserts. Everyone seems to love the sweet/salty combination. A great way to keep anything crispy (gluten free or otherwise) is to put it in a sealed bag or container in your freezer — crackers, chips, cereals, snack foods, nuts, etc. You can serve them right out of the freezer, or bring to room temperature. What’s left, pop back in the freezer.

  5. The Snyder’s pretzels are not made in a gf facility (unless something has changed) but they are tested for safety. Everyone should buy products they’re comfortable with and in the case of pretzels I bought – they were most definitely gluten-free. GIG doesn’t put their stamp of approval on just anything so I was thrilled to find out Snyder’s decided to go with the Gluten Free Certification Organization program (offered by GIG). It was so exciting to buy a bag of gf labeled snacks for only $2.99!

    I think the pretzels would work great in desserts! I however, can’t store snacks in the two freezers we have. So many companies send me food to review that it’s tough to find space for the frozen gf items we need to buy.

  6. The Snyder’s pretzels are not made in a gf facility (unless something has changed) but they are tested for safety. Everyone should buy products they’re comfortable with and in the case of pretzels I bought – they were most definitely gluten-free. GIG doesn’t put their stamp of approval on just anything so I was thrilled to find out Snyder’s decided to go with the Gluten Free Certification Organization program (offered by GIG). It was so exciting to buy a bag of gf labeled snacks for only $2.99!

    I think the pretzels would work great in desserts! I however, can’t store snacks in the two freezers we have. So many companies send me food to review that it’s tough to find space for the frozen gf items we need to buy.

  7. Are they available in any grocery store where Snyder products are sold? Like, Fairvalue , Food Lion or Ingles? I used to by some of Snyder product when I first found out I had Celiac, like the vegtable chips and they never hurt me. Thanks for your reply. Jean

  8. Are they available in any grocery store where Snyder products are sold? Like, Fairvalue , Food Lion or Ingles? I used to by some of Snyder product when I first found out I had Celiac, like the vegtable chips and they never hurt me. Thanks for your reply. Jean

  9. Jean – not yet, but the company hopes to roll them out wherever their products are now sold. I think we might see them at mainstream stores later this summer. I can’t wait to try their gluten-free chips!

  10. Jean – not yet, but the company hopes to roll them out wherever their products are now sold. I think we might see them at mainstream stores later this summer. I can’t wait to try their gluten-free chips!

  11. We just picked up 6 bags of the pretzels at whole foods. MMM they are so good tasting, my daughter is 15 and doesn’t like any brand, as she always preferred snyders before Celiac, she absolutely loves them. I hope they come out with more flavors soon, honey mustard would be good. The price is fabulous too. Way to go Snyders, wish more companies would follow general mills, and snyders.

  12. We just picked up 6 bags of the pretzels at whole foods. MMM they are so good tasting, my daughter is 15 and doesn’t like any brand, as she always preferred snyders before Celiac, she absolutely loves them. I hope they come out with more flavors soon, honey mustard would be good. The price is fabulous too. Way to go Snyders, wish more companies would follow general mills, and snyders.

  13. Pretzels are one of my favorite foods and have been so difficult for me to give up. But I have found that I also have had to go corn-free. Are these made from corn just like the Glutino are?

  14. Pretzels are one of my favorite foods and have been so difficult for me to give up. But I have found that I also have had to go corn-free. Are these made from corn just like the Glutino are?

  15. I got to try these for the first time when my husband and I were visiting Chicago, and they were INCREDIBLE!! I’m extremely gluten-intolerant, and I can usually tell within 20 minutes if something I ate was exposed to gluten, and these gave me no problems at all! They are way more affordable than the glutino pretzels, and I think they taste better, too. I just hope they start carrying them in more stores near me!

  16. I got to try these for the first time when my husband and I were visiting Chicago, and they were INCREDIBLE!! I’m extremely gluten-intolerant, and I can usually tell within 20 minutes if something I ate was exposed to gluten, and these gave me no problems at all! They are way more affordable than the glutino pretzels, and I think they taste better, too. I just hope they start carrying them in more stores near me!

  17. I found the Snyder gluten free pretzels at the Stop and Shop near me in Foxboro, MA. only once. I loved them andnow cannot find them. Do you know of any place near me that i can buy the gluten free pretzels? Thank you.

  18. I just tried these pretzels today and WOW they’re so good. I too enjoyed the buttery flavor and thought that these are the best pretzel I’ve had since diagnosed w/ celiac this past March. @ Mary Green, I found them at the Good Health store in Quincy MA today.

  19. Snyder’s are the best Gluten free Pretzel around!!!! I’ve tried Glutino which has an aftertaste which is disgusting!!!! I read the ingredients on The Glutino pretzels unfirtunately after I bought them and They use LYE aka Sodium Hydroxide in Them!!!! Snyder’s WINS HANDS DOWN!!!! No Lye and NO AFTERTASTE!!!!!!

  20. I was very disappointed with your gluten free pretzels. They are so hard I was afraid of breaking a tooth. They are not hard crispy, they are hard tough. too chewy for small pretzels. I do appreciate that they are not very salty and I appreciate the effort to make them gluten free. I am celiac and eating gluten free is not just a choice.

  21. Hi, I’m wondering if the bags that have the sticker with the certified GF are safe to eat or if these were made before the rigorous testing. Should I exchange the bag I bought for a bag that has the label on the bag not as a sticker?

    Thanks for any help.

  22. They sound good, but I wish they (and Glutinos — basically the exact same recipe) would make a pretzel without POTATO STARCH. Potatoes are nightshade vegetables — they contain solanine, which robs calcium from the body and can thus cause joint and arthritis problems.

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